Royal Oaks Golf Course

Royal Oaks Golf Course

Location: Whiteman Air Force Base/Knob Noster

Address: Building 3076, Whiteman AFB, MO 65305

Phone: (660) 687-5572

Type: Military

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Quality/Cost Ratio (1 -10): 7.5

Course Condition: 6.5

Difficulty: 7

Fairway Grass: Bermuda

Green Type: Pencross, transitioning over to T1

Rough: Mix

Stimpmeter: 8

Club House: Restaurant and minimal equipment

Walkability: 7

Slope: 112 - 119

Yardage: 5,580 - 6,880

Overall Rating:

Comments: The course is just outside the main gate of Whiteman Air Force Base. The front nine was built in the 1950's when some enterprising GIs, with a passion for golf, approached the general requesting a few bulldozers so they could sculpt a golf course from the land across the street from the base. The general agreed and the rest is history. The back nine was built in the late 90's. Royal Oaks could easily rate 4 out of 5 balls if the grasses were better. It has a wonderful layout and foundation to be a top notch course. When I was there, though, the tees, fairways, roughs and greens were quite spotty. Each hole is not contiguous with any other hole so a lot of the course is fairly tight. Many of the holes were lined with mature trees and woods on both sides. To exacerbate the layout, the course designer added many bunkers and water throughout. But, the course is still very playable and enjoyable to play. For more pictures of the course go to:

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